Posted by: gmscan | March 8, 2013

Bits and Pieces

Things you might have missed in the past week or so –

  • The National Council of Churches has shut down its New York headquarters and moved in to a much smaller office in Washington. Apparently DC is the locus of all things spiritual these days – at least in the minds of the mainline churches. Here.
  • Hollywood’s rendition of Johnny Cash removed his deep commitment to Jesus. Here.
  • The theme of the Ligonier Ministries (R.C. Sproul’s outfit) annual conference this year was “No Compromise, No Surrender.” Videos of the sessions are available here.
  • A friend passed on this useful timeline of the life of the Apostle Paul. Here.
  • Robert Sloan, president of the Houston Baptist University, writes this short anecdote about “God, Morality and Whittaker Chambers.” Here.
  • Wendell Berry is “evolving” on gay marriage, which has stirred up some consternation in Christian circles. See video here and some related articles here and here.




  1. Hi Greg,

    Responding to your first bullet, sorta… It was, I suppose, inevitable that the victors of the cold war would dance on the graves of the vanquished, even as the world has moved on to more complex struggles, the factions now no longer being drawn to the bipolar extremes of the mid 20th Century. It seems only North Korea is still trapped in that Orwellian bubble.

    The elephant in the room is the shame that the Church followed the World’s lead and split along the same (secular) ideologies of the Cold War rather than aligning with Jesus Christ and his call for unity among His followers and joint reconciliation with God. Left and Right followed the World, not Jesus, and dancing on the graves of the NCC continues in that vein.

    I find it curious that the Cold War vocabulary of the Right vs. Left, (Right is Good, Left is Bad) still persists in Washington, now going on 20 years after the collapse of the USSR and the formal end of the “Revolutionary” movement across the globe. The world has moved on, but Washington is still back there.

    But I find it even more curious that the American Church is also stuck in the same time warp. The Church in America, struggling as it is to find a voice, succumbing as it is to one wedge issue after another, dwindling in numbers left and right (pun intended), not only cannot find within itself the ability to focus on Jesus Christ instead, but that it continues to look to Washington for the vocabulary with which to frame its own internal struggles.

    It would be nice for the Church to become an example to follow someday. If the Church has something to say to the World, or even to Washington, now would be a good time to say it. And in this I think we share a common frustration.


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